Dear Readers . . .
Welcome to our brand-new Special, which includes a fantastic 24-page magazine full of colouring-in designs inspired by the natural world. If you haven’t already discovered this wonderfully relaxing and creative pastime, now’s your chance.
We also have 14 short stories by favourite authors such as Emma Canning, Wendy Clarke and Vivien Hampshire. In our big-name fiction slot, TV presenter Pam Rhodes has written the delightful “Champagne And Shellfish” especially for the “Friend”, and don’t miss Alison Carter’s thrilling eight-page murder mystery, “Drama!”, set against the backdrop of the BBC’s Broadcasting House.
Also in this issue is the first part in our guide to learning to crochet, delicious breakfast recipes to make and puzzles to test your wits. Our travel writers have lots of ideas to inspire you, too. Dave McFadzean explores the Galloway town of Dalbeattie, Dianne Boardman visits the Houses of Parliament and Willie Shand sees skilled craftsmen in action at the Speyside Cooperage, while Neil McAllister boards a cruise to the Antarctic, and TV personality Diana Moran takes on the Trek China Challenge.